• Proposal: 02/14/2020


  • Amount: Approximately $750,000
  • Duration: 2-3 years


The Women’s Health Capital Call will support collaborative projects which aim to improve the discovery, technical innovation, and/or analysis of datasets to answer pressing life science questions around Women’s Health.

Massachusetts recognizes that there has been a lack of development in novel solutions to treat conditions that solely or disproportionately affect women, or have a different presentation between genders. This impacts not only patients, but also employers and the healthcare system. The consequences are profound, with women more likely to have adverse drug reactions than men, and the lack of effective therapies results in reduced quality of live. The Center aims to support and incentivize translational project teams who are developing novel solutions in this area of need.

Design: Project teams comprise of not-for-profit MA institutions collaborating with at least one for-profit Massachusetts life science company to solve a pressing life science question which solely, disproportionately, or differently affects women.

  • Up to $6M capital dollars are available to support work and equipment at not-for-profit partners; each award is anticipated to be ~$750K
  • For-profit partner provides salary support for at least one new scientist  to be appointed, at least in part, at the not-for-profit partner, as well as other financial and in-kind contributions (equipment donations, salaries, reagents etc.) to leverage MLSC capital dollars
  • Projects should be completed within 2-3 years post grant award

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

Project Teams are allowed to submit only one application per round. 

Requests for the purchase of equipment associated with standard healthcare delivery would not be eligible for capital funding.

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria (please see FOA for full details):

  • Applicants must be non-profit institutions, including research institutions and academic medical centers.
  • Each application must be submitted by a Project Team, consisting of a principal investigator(s) (PI) at Applicant institution and one (or more) Company(s).
  • The PI must have a full-time or part-time faculty position at a college, university, or non-profit institute in Massachusetts. The lead Company must have a presence and be registered to do business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • The requested funding must support the performance of translational research that is intended to accelerate the understanding of critical healthcare issues or develop new treatment methods for conditions which solely or disproportionately affect women, or have a different presentation between genders (i.e. heart attacks). The requested funds can only be used to support capital costs (equipment, supplies, reagents, etc.) at the MA non-profit institution.

Contact Information

For more information about Post-award Deliverables, Confidentiality, and General Conditions, please check here. If you have further questions regarding the application process, please email the Industry team: